Climate change question asked during last night’s debate sparked charged responses from presidential candidates

I tuned into Thursday (Oct. 22, 2020) evening’s (6 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time starting time) presidential candidates’ debate (full disclosure: This one had the look, feel and sound of an actual debate) and I watched and listened quite attentively to its content as presented by both candidates, particularly as it had to do with the … Read more

Latest California greenhouse gas emissions inventory a mixed bag. To meet 2030 target state has its work cut out

In 2016 in California, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction was big news in that the 2020 target of 431 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent units (MMTCO2e) was not just reached but surpassed, the state reaching a level of 429.2 MMTCO2e, four years early.1 On the other hand, for California to reach the 2030 … Read more

Onboard testing of airborne bacteria/virus/particle-destroying system on two NYC commuter-rail operations begins

The below Oct. 15, 2020 press release is from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) of New York. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today announced that Metro-North Railroad and the Long Island Rail Road are piloting a new technology to filter and purify air inside rail cars using an electrical field to generate a wave of … Read more

Improved air quality from project benefits highlighted in 2020 Calif. HSR sustainability report

The below Oct. 15, 2020 news release is from the California High-Speed Rail Authority. The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) today released its 2020 Sustainability Report: Building Resilience. The annual report details ongoing efforts to advance the nation’s largest and greenest infrastructure project and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in transportation. In the past year, the … Read more

On clearing the air, choice: Humankind’s most powerful tool

So, who isn’t familiar with the expression freedom of choice? Or, its close relative: The freedom to choose? Or another: It’s all about choice? Or yet another: The choice is (y)ours? Choice or the ability to choose is humankind’s most powerful tool. That’s a very profound construct! And something no one should ever forget! When … Read more

Contrary to CBS show co-anchor’s one declaration, Amtrak NEC tracks, NOT ‘terrible’!

In video footage, CBS transportation reporter Kris Van Cleave on special assignment covering a topic that I think gets too little attention in the grand scheme of things, high-speed railroading and high-speed trains, spoke with authorities in their particular areas of expertise on some of the finer points regarding Amtrak’s new Acela trains which the … Read more

Doing double duty creating energy, cutting emissions: A unique organic waste-conversion concept

Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) is big business. But being big business doesn’t necessarily ensure profitability. The recycling industry as a whole, meanwhile, after holding its own for several decades at least, today the outlook, truth be told, appears less rosy. Whether recyclable or non-recyclable material like MSW, finding alternative uses for such refuse can not … Read more

Valley Link project receives $400 million in reallocated BART funds

The below Sept. 25, 2020 news release is from the Tri-Valley – San Joaquin Valley Regional Rail Authority. In an action at their September 24 meeting, the Alameda County Transportation Commission (ACTC) approved a request from the Tri-Valley – San Joaquin Valley Regional Rail Authority to reallocate $400 million in Measure BB funds that had … Read more